Words beginning with sy...
A place where Jews meet for worship is a synagogue.

Words beginning with sy...

Squirt is a synonym of syringe. See how many words you can spell beginning at sy.

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How often do you use a dictionary? You probably have a good collection of dictionaries at school; perhaps you even have a hard copy of the dictionary at home. Dictionaries can be pocket-sized, with only the most common words contained in them, or they can be several volumes, with the aim of containing all known words of a language. Online dictionaries are less limited for space and can contain a great number of words. Some dictionaries exist to help speakers of one language to translate words from another language.

We often think of dictionaries as helping us to know the correct definition of a word. This is true to some extent, otherwise how could one possibly understand a word such as "pusillanimous"? But dictionaries also record the meanings of words as people actually use them, which means they show how language changes over time. As you should know, if you've been working your way through this set of spelling quizzes, that historical change includes spelling, too!

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  1. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    A practical method or art applied to some particular task
    Here the "k" sound is made by the digraph ch
  2. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    To cause two or more events to happen at exactly the same time, at the same rate or in a time-coordinated way
    The mid-part of this word, -chron-, concerns time and is also found in the word "chronological"
  3. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    A place where Jews meet for worship
    Don't by caught out by the final -ue!
  4. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    A newspaper having pages half the dimensions of the standard format
    The -oid- ending can be found in "void", but varies from the spelling of the rhyming word, "annoyed"
  5. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    Organisation; an ordered manner
    The words "system" and "systematic" are related
  6. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    Exact correspondence on either side of a dividing line, plane, centre or axis
    The words "symmetry" and "symmetrical" are related
  7. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    The quality of a rhythm being somehow unexpected, in that it deviates from the strict succession of regularly spaced strong and weak beats in a metre
    With the exception of the y, which might be tricky, this word is spelled exactly as it sounds
  8. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    Having harmonious or proportionate arrangement of parts
    Remember the double m: sym- plus "metrical"
  9. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    A manoeuvre or action calculated to achieve some end
    The words "tactic" and "tactical" are related
  10. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    A word or phrase with a meaning that is the same as, or very similar to, another word or phrase
    If you can spell "synonym", you'll have a good head start on "synonymous"

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